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tonic

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adjective ton·ic \ˈtä-nik\

Definition of tonic

  1. 1a :  characterized by tonus <tonic contraction of muscle>; also :  marked by prolonged muscular contraction <tonic convulsions>b :  producing or adapted to produce healthy muscular condition and reaction of organs (as muscles)

  2. 2a :  increasing or restoring physical or mental tone :  refreshingb :  yielding a tonic substance

  3. 3 :  relating to or based on the first tone of a scale <tonic harmony>

  4. 4 of a syllable :  bearing a principal stress or accent

  5. 5 :  of or relating to speech tones or to languages using them to distinguish words otherwise identical

tonically play \ˈtä-ni-k(ə-)lē\ adverb


Examples of tonic in a sentence

  1. <breathe in clear tonic mountain air>

  2. <never underestimate the tonic power of humor on a sick person>



Origin of tonic

Greek tonikos, from tonos tension, tone


First Known Use: 1649

Rhymes with tonic


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tonic

noun ton·ic

Simple Definition of tonic

  • : a type of water that has bubbles in it, has a bitter taste, and is often used in alcoholic drinks

  • : something that makes you feel healthier and more relaxed

  • : a medicine that brings you back to a normal physical or mental condition

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tonic

  1. 1 :  the first tone of a major or minor scale :  keynote

  2. 2a :  an agent (as a drug) that increases body toneb :  one that invigorates, restores, refreshes, or stimulates <a day in the country was a tonic for him>c :  a liquid preparation for the scalp or haird chiefly New England :  a carbonated flavored beveragee :  tonic water

  3. 3 :  a voiced sound

1797

First Known Use of tonic

1797


TONIC Defined for Kids

tonic

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noun ton·ic \ˈtä-nik\

Definition of tonic for Students

  1. 1 :  a medicine or preparation for improving the strength or health of mind or body

  2. 2 :  soda pop Hint: This sense of tonic is used mostly in New England.

  3. 3 :  the first note of a scale




Medical Dictionary

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tonic

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adjective ton·ic \ˈtän-ik\

Medical Definition of tonic

  1. 1a:  characterized by tonus <tonic contraction of muscle>; also :  marked by or being prolonged muscular contraction <tonic convulsions>b:  producing or adapted to produce healthy muscular condition and reaction of organs (as muscles)

  2. 2a:  increasing or restoring physical or mental toneb:  yielding a tonic substance

tonically \ˈtän-i-k(ə-)lē\play adverb



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tonic

noun ton·ic

Medical Definition of tonic

  1. :  an agent (as a drug) that increases body tone





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